Perhaps the United States’ northern neighbor feels left out. An
editorial in the Jan. 27 issue of the Sooke News Mirror in
British Columbia calls for Canada to honor women on its paper
Although this issued has been raised in Canada for several years,
the paper renews the call, saying that “Canada’s banknotes are
polymer, counterfeit-resistant, holographic and modern. And they’re
hopelessly behind the times,” and that a Canadian woman needs to be
represented on Canadian currency. It points out that women who
appeared in the past, such as the Famous Five for voting rights on the
2001 $50 note, have been replaced, and that Queen Elizabeth is only on
the $20 note, and for generations her successors will be male.
Canada’s cabinet is 50 percent women because it’s 2016, it mentions,
adding that there are “countless” potential candidates and if none
come to mind, it is because of not looking hard enough.
For those wondering about Mexico, its 200-peso bank note has the
portrait of the writer Juana de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana, and
the main image on the back of the 500-peso note is a 1940
self-portrait of painter Frida Kahlo.
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